For this highly acclaimed, affectionate film about a boy on the brink of manhood, Federico Fellini looks back on his youth spent in the village of Rimini. In a series of vignettes that are both humorous and sentimental, he recalls his family life, and his early experiences with love, sex, religion, and politics.
Federico Fellini's 1974 fantasy-memoir of life in his hometown during the Fascist era is basically the full palette of experience--sex, families, politics--with his surreal twist. As a general picture of the 1930s community carrying on rituals but with an element of government harshness in the air, the film is quite memorable (especially in scenes set around the town square). Less satisfying is Fellini's tighter focus on certain, forgettable individuals. The ironic title translates into, "I remember," but here memory is more a matter of loving vision than actuality. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, optional Italian and English soundtracks, and Italian soundtrack with English subtitles. --Tom Keogh